By Ollie Irish
Jay Bothroyd has caught Capello’s eye this season
Cautious Fabio Capello has rung the changes at last: Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd (who has scored in his last seven games and was hotly tipped for a shock call-up), Man Utd defender Chris Smalling and Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson have all been named in England’s new-look squad for Wednesday’s friendly with France at Wembley Stadium. Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere also makes the cut, with Man City full-back Micah Richards picked for the first time by Capello.
Alas, Kevin Davies has been dropped, which is extremely harsh on the Bolton striker, who made his debut against Montenegro only last month and played a blinder – in front of Capello – against Tottenham last week.
Bothroyd is talented, sure, but it’s a slight concern that Capello has to look outside of the top flight for forwards. But then Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent, Jermain Defoe and Bobby Zamora are all out injured.
Full England squad:
Goalkeepers: Ben Foster (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Man City), Rob Green (West Ham)
Defenders: Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Micah Richards (Man City), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), Chris Smalling (Man Utd)
Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Adam Johnson (Man City), James Milner (Man City), Jordan Henderson (Sunderland)
Forwards: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff), Andy Carroll (Newcastle), Peter Crouch (Tottenham)
It’s a fresh-looking squad, though I would have liked to see Tom Huddlestone in there instead of Barry. But as a Spurs fan, I am very biased and happily admit it.
What do you make of the squad?
PS. I love the way Capello announces his squads at the worst possible time for journalists in England. What a guy.